Better Watch Out movie review - Aussieboyreviews


The film is definitely very disturbing, but is darkly and horribly hilarious. Better Watch Out is not a holiday film for kids; its engaging thrills are for mature teens.


A babysitter travels to a suburban home to look after 12-year-old Luke during the holidays. She must soon defend herself and the young boy when unwelcome intruders announce their arrival, but it turns out to be far from a normal home invasion.

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Movie details

Director: Chris Peckover
Cast: Olivia DeJonge, Levi Miller, Ed Oxenbould, Aleks Mikic, Dacre Montgomery, Patrick Warburton, Virginia Madsen
Writer: Zack Kahn, Chris Peckover
Release Date (Australia): 24 October 2017
Runtime: 89 minutes/1h 29m
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Thriller
Country: Australia, USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (MA15+)

The film features strong thematic material including a sustained sense of threat and staged murder, as well as disturbing scenes featuring cruelty and sexual assault.

Violence (MA15+)

The film contains multiple scenes in which people are shot, stabbed and hit by objects that are often accompanied by spurts of blood and bloody injury detail.

Coarse Language (MA15+)

The film includes one use of the word “c**ts” and frequently aggressive use of the word “f**k”.

Drug Use (M)

There are multiple depictions of of characters smoking marijuana.

Sex (M)

There are brief depictions of sexualised imagery and crude verbal references to sex.

mpaa rating

R (for disturbing violent content, language throughout, crude sexual references, drug and alcohol use – all involving teens)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Ridiculously twisted, darkly hilarious and frequently shocking, Better Watch Out is the Christmas-themed dark comedy a horror fan must see on the holidays. It’s exceedingly fast-moving, entertaining, well-crafted and will set your blood on fiery infuriation. It heavily focuses on suspenseful intelligence and cruel manipulation between appealing teenage characters, a babysitters, a boyfriend, a friend and a wicked child.

Chris Peckover fabulously executes a grotesquely delightful holiday-horror-comedy, which he cleverly co-wrote with Zack Kahn. The execution is beyond perfect. The 89 minutes are super fast and are guiltily pleasurable. It’s funny, gripping and smart, with lots of twists and turns.

There’s not too much to say without completely spoiling the story; the best that can be said is it’s pure entertainment and the blood-boiling twists all end in satisfaction. Thankfully, the ending of this hideous plot is satisfying, at least if you ignore the sequel-begging credits scene. We need another fun sequel for this idea to continue. It probably wouldn’t involve the home-invasion-like theme, but would need to be satisfying, smart and super.

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